“I don’t want to corrupt the youth… but I always liked speed.” Leonard Cohen On His Drug Of Choice When Recording Death Of A Ladies’ Man

What was your drug of choice at that time [when recording Death Of A Ladies’ Man]?

 

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Well, I don’t like to speak about these things because I don’t want to corrupt the youth . . . but I always liked speed.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen: Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe? by Adrian Deevoy. Q, 1991.

Leonard used speed during other creative endeavors, such as writing Beautiful Losers (see The Miracle Of The Storks: Leonard Cohen Talks About His Breakdown & Recovery After Writing Beautiful Losers). He also tried amphetamine and Ritalin to deal with his depression. A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Aug 17, 2018.

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